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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.20
Liaison Suzanne Hansen
Submission Date May 31, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Macalester College
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Suzanne Savanick Hansen
Sustainability Manager
Macalester Sustainbility Office
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
ZAP Reader

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Macalester is positioned in the heart of Saint Paul, connected to many forms of sustainable transportation. On its norther border, Macalester has had the long-established bike lanes on Summit Avenue.

Two students initiated the effort to install a Dero ZAP bicycle reader along this busy bicycle artery.
ZAP Twin Cities is a FREE bicycle commuting program for Twin Cities residents who want to save money, improve their health, and win great prizes. This would normally not be that difficult; however, the entire R.O.W. is protected by historic preservation district oversight which presented some challenges. We worked with the City of Saint Paul's Department of Public Works and Dero to create the then first-ever street light powered ZAP reader.

Our innovation did not stop with the installation – we worked to be more inclusive of others on campus who may not be able to commit by bike. We engaged the College's Health Coach and the Wellness and Health at Macalester Committee to add an additional layer of innovation that aligned with our Sustainability Plan. We worked with the manufacturer to issue cards for individuals who either commute or exercise by foot. This makes our wellness and sustainability incentives are more accessible across the community.

Our overarching goals for this project include reducing the number of single-occupancy vehicle commuters at Macalester and reducing the number of individuals with high-risk health factors.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Enagement
Transportation
Wellbeing & Work

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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